THIS WEEK-Feb 6TH-10TH
#TGIFTECH has tons of great stuff going on this week even though it was a short one! This week I am highlighting PD opportunities in the area that are coming up, an easy valentine and poetry app, and some tips and tricks to get you started using your Office 365 accounts. Click the buttons throughout the post to go to additional resources.
UPCOMING INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
There is a host of great Tech PD in the region this winter/spring. If you are still looking to spend those PD funds this year, please consider these tech conferences which all have a far more instructional focus than pure tech focus.
Click on the buttons below to go to the conference websites.
The 21st Century Learning Conference is the annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, EdTech staff, and school leaders gather to learn about the future of education from thought leaders, technology and learning experts, and their peers. The event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner led workshop sessions, and fun networking opportunities. Now in it’s 9th year, it is the leading professional development event for technology in education & innovative learning for K-12 schools in South East Asia.
Rethinking Numeracy is a conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion of what being numerate means and how it can best be taught in the digital age. This will be a first run conference based off of the success of the Rethinking Literacy conference last year.
Rethinking Literacy is a conference to encourage K-12 educators to rethink the notion of what literacy is and how it can best be taught in the digital media age. This conference was a highlight of my personal learning last year; a conference where everything is targeted toward one curricular area. I wish all tech conferences were more like this weekend conference.
The Level 5 offers smaller weekend workshops covering a variety of topics. Upcoming topics include:
- Arduino's and Robots and Coding! - 11 & 12 Feb, 2017
- Create: Street Art - 25 & 26 Feb, 2017
- Using Maker spaces to build a culture of design thinking - 17 & 18 March, 2017
- Designing the future of education - 8 & 9 Apr, 2017
APP/SITE OF THE WEEK
Visual Poetry is a great app for kids to put their recent poetry unit writing to good use by creating some pretty cool Valentine's Day cards or other visual poetry.
WHAT'S THE BUZZ?
The buzz is the Puxi ES. So many great things going on! If you have something awesome to share, please let me know so I can include it in the next edition of #tgiftech
- Grade 5 is finishing a volume project in Minecraft as part of their math PBL unit which has kids researching and building skyscrapers to scale.
- Grades 3-5 have now completed a scoped and sequenced Minecraft Math project this year for multiplication and arrays (grade 3), Area and Perimeter (grade 4), and Volume (grade 5). Way to go teams!
Coding in the Curriculum
Grade 4 is working out details on incorporating coding and programming with Sphero to have students demonstrate their understanding of angles.